Facilities of Merit 2013: Oak Ridges Community Centre
Oak Ridges Community CentreRichmond Hill , Ont.
Year in Showcase: 2013
The new Oak Ridges Community Centre represents an architectural threshold at the crest of a rolling hill. The Centre’s 57,000 square feet house a six-lane swimming pool, leisure pool and slide splash pool, as well as a gymnasium, fitness center, eco center and multipurpose program rooms. Inventive stacking and orientation place the aquatic components on the lower level and the remaining components on the upper part of the hillside. Four entry points are centrally controlled by a readily visible welcome desk, complemented by a public lounge overlooking Lake Wilcox.
The natural setting inspired the design team to draw upon memories of lodges, cabins and cottages. Wood construction with stone walls and wood paneling set the tone. Crisp white panels, floating white ceilings and bright green tiles counter the natural palette.
The building integrates with the landscape through a series of linear terraces running in a north-south direction that descend from the site entry toward the shores of the lake. Key beams follow the lines of the terraces, while timber purlins and wood decking cantilever beyond the building envelope to create sun shading. The signature feature is a generous westerly facing deck under a sloping wood-framed green roof canopy.
Wonderful inside-outside relationships. Scale, materials and siting are all terrific.
— David Bock
This project really takes advantage of its site and enhances the park setting. The primary building section really drives a creative and simple massing solution.
— Mark Hentze
Oak Ridge's site relationship and the way it is nestled into the hill gives the building such a thoughtful presence in the landscape.
— Lindsey Peckinpaugh
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: Perkins + Will; Toronto, Ont.
Construction Cost: $23 million (Canadian)
Square Feet: 57,000
Occupancy: June 2012
Access Ramps/Stairs: Myrtha Pools USA
Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness
Deck/Basin Surface: Myrtha Pools USA
Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.
Divider Curtains: Qued, Div. of Seaway Mats Inc.
Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Free-Weight Equipment: Hampton Fitness Products Ltd.
Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA
Heaters: Aerco/ITT/bell & gossett
Ladders/Grab Bars: Myrtha Pools USA
Lane Markers: Myrtha Pools USA
Lighting: Day-Brite Capri Omega
Lighting: MRI Light Tube
Lockers: Shanahan's Manufacturing
Sanitization Systems: CAT Controllers Inc.
Sanitization Systems: Trojan
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Shanahan's Manufacturing
Sound Systems: TOA
Strength Equipment: Hammer Strength
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Wall Padding: Gymnasium & Health Equipment Ltd.
Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.
Water Slides: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.